Ariana Benson was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Her manuscript, Black Pastoral, won the 2022 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press in September 2023. Benson has also received the Furious Flower Poetry Prize, the Porter House Review Poetry Prize, and the 2021 Graybeal Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Copper Nickel, and Colorado Review. Benson is a proud alumna of Spelman College and will receive her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2024. Through her writing, she strives to fashion vignettes of Blackness that speak to its infinite depth and richness.
Image Description: Ariana Benson, a Black woman with curly hair pulled back and a braid falling on her cheek, sits in front of a window with closed white blinds. She is visible from the neckline up, and is wearing a yellow dress, earring, and gold necklace.